Microsoft CEO Assures GitHub Will Remain Open Platform After Purchase

Today’s topics include Microsoft acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion, and Apple upgrading iOS and introducing macOS Mojave.

Microsoft is acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock, the companies announced Monday. GitHub’s popular code repository service is home to many open source projects and is popular with developer teams.

The transaction, which is expected to close by the end of 2018, will enable Microsoft to plug into the massive community of developers. According to company estimates, GitHub has attracted 28 million developers, over 85 million repositories and more than 1.5 million companies. GitHub will continue to operate independently after the acquisition.

Dismissing concerns that Microsoft may revert to its closed ecosystem roots, CEO Satya Nadella assured that "GitHub will remain an open platform. Developers will continue to be able to use the programming languages, tools and operating systems of their choice for their projects—and will still be able to deploy their code on any cloud and any device.”

At its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Apple showed some nice new performance-enhancing features for iOS 12 and unveiled macOS Mojave.

When it arrives, iOS 12 will support older devices reaching all the way back to the iPhone 5S, significantly improving the performance of those devices, with some functions running 50 percent faster.

Apple also announced its newest version of the Mac operating system, called Mojave. The big news for MacOS is that Apple has begun porting some of its iOS apps to the Mac, including Apple News, Stocks, Home and Voice Memos. According to Apple Senior Vice President Craig Federighi, Microsoft will be bringing Office 365 to the Mac later in 2018.

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